Expanding Virtual Resources
Right after the pandemic hit, the professionalservices firm also hosted an all-hands webcast for the more than 50,000 people in the Americas region. “Firm leadership called on partners to have the courage to lead, serve our clients and take care of our teams,” says Carolyn Slaski, EY Americas Vice Chair—Talent. The webcasts continued, now being held on a weekly basis, with features, tools and resources available to help employees.
One of the key resources: the EY Assist program, which connects EY people with consultants or licensed professionals. Recognizing how COVID-19 impacted staffers’ families, the firm added virtual medical visits and increased resources to support emotional health, discounted tutoring, and drop-in calls and group counseling sessions focused on mindfulness, caregiving and related topics. The firm also went from 12 to 24 paid days for caregiving for children or dependent adults, which must be used by the end of the year.
Senior associate Asha N. Sullivan, says: “Working for an employer that schedules mindfulness sessions daily during the crisis to break up the workday has proved to be absolutely invaluable. It allows me to reset and ups my productivity level.”